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Posted on: June 10, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Rape and Oral Copulation of a Minor under Duress



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Rape and Oral Copulation of a Minor under Duress
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:June 10, 2021Time:4:00 PM
Incident Date:August 2017 - July 2018Time:N/A
Incident Location:Multiple Locations
Reporting Officer:Investigator Reinbolz
File Number(s):S211130031

Ryan Towner


On April 23rd, 2021, The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department received information regarding a past sexual assault. The sexual assault involved the 31-year-old head coach of a travel basketball team and a 16-year-old female player. The incidents occurred between August 2017 and July 2018.

On June 10th, 2021, Ryan Towner was arrested on charges of rape of a minor under duress and oral copulation of a minor under duress. Towner was booked into the John Benoit Detention Center, in Indio, on the above-listed charges.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Riverside County Sheriff’s Department - Palm Desert Investigations Bureau, at 760-836-1600, or Investigator Reinbolz at 760-836-1634. If anyone with information would like to remain anonymous, please call the Coachella Valley Crimes Stoppers at (760) 341-STOP.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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